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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: Nov 30, 2010 6:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: TDIH- Blowing the dust off some classic '73

Since this masterpiece was commercially released (at least in part) eons ago, there's nothing left here but a rather sketchy audience recording for which people's tolerance will vary. Still, this show is a stone cold classic that in my opinion ranks with the very best from '73-74. Especially noteworthy (in addition to an ass-kickin' "Playin'") is the remarkable stretch run segment, which neatly sums up everything which made this particular era so much fun.

Here Comes Sunshine
Weather Report Suite Prelude->
Weather Report Suite Part 1->
Let It Grow->
Dark Star Jam->
Eyes Of The World->
Sugar Magnolia

As with all of the Dead's truly legendary performances, this is one of those bread-and-butter shows that seems to offer something new every time no matter how often you listen to it. Highly recommended!

http://www.archive.org/details/gd73-11-30.aud.vernon.17277.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: elkdog Date: Nov 30, 2010 7:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH- Blowing the dust off some classic '73

Just magical stuff. DP14 coming to a CD player near me very soon...

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Poster: KradRats Date: Nov 30, 2010 4:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH- Blowing the dust off some classic '73

Ah, yes, my very first show. I didn't recognize Garcia at first - he was beardless.

The start of the show was delayed by close to 2 hours as the crew put the stage together. That could have added an extra challenge for tapers, with the room lights on for so long.

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Poster: TOOTMO Date: Dec 1, 2010 6:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH- Blowing the dust off some classic '73

Elaborate, please. What do you mean "put the stage together"? Did you go to any of the other Boston shows? Do you think they purposefully opened and closed the Boston run with Morning Dew? And, if so, why?

TOOTMO the Curious

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Poster: KradRats Date: Dec 1, 2010 10:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH- Blowing the dust off some classic '73

I meant stacking the speakers, wiring for sound, etc. That was the first night of the Music Hall run, and the equipment had arrived late. They were traveling with a good size sound system (not yet the fully mature Wall of Sound), and putting it together took time. Lots of time.

I wasn't at any of the other Boston shows that year, and can't tell you why they opened and closed the run with Morning Dew. What I can say is that it was my favorite tune at the time, and made a great start for my first show.

Attachment: 1973-11-30_Boston_Music_Hall.bmp

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Poster: TOOTMO Date: Dec 2, 2010 6:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH- Blowing the dust off some classic '73

Thanks, Mr. Rats. I love these little morsels of on-the-ground reporting. Maybe the Grateful Dead archive will start a "story" archive like the one they are always taliking about on NPR.

I would have felt the same way as soon as I heard those first few notes of Dew (though, I kind of dig the "cymbal" start they used in the 60's.)

TOOTMO

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Poster: TOOTMO Date: Nov 30, 2010 3:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH- Blowing the dust off some classic '73

I think the sound is fine. But, then I grew up listenin' to AM radio coming out of the mono, dashboard speaker in a '70 Plymouth. On a good night, WLS out of Chicago could be heard in N.Ala.

TOOTMO the Old (of course, not near as old as some of you).

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Nov 30, 2010 4:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH- Blowing the dust off some classic '73

And don't forget transistor radios. God, you could take them to the beach.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Nov 30, 2010 12:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: another sketchy '73 AUD

Aside from the equipment, there was a reason some of these '73 AUDs sound rather 'sketchy'...these tapers had to stay out of sight...
A new, incomplete AUD recording of 12/2/73 has just been uploaded, with this note:
"The sound is pretty clear, so it appears the taper was again seated close to the stage. Eventually, he was spotted by Sam Cutler, who is heard on the tape yanking the mic down and stopping the recording."
Fortunately, other Boston tapers at this run were able to hide themselves through the show!

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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: Dec 1, 2010 6:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: another sketchy '73 AUD

Exactly. There are some rather amusing stories in the front of one of the Taping Compendiums about the cat-and-mouse games between the tapers and the road crew. Point being, it wasn't always security/venue polices the tapers were up against.

This gets me to thinking about a thread a while back covering the various myths and misconceptions about the Grateful Dead. One of the biggest has got to be the idea that the band was always taper friendly. At best they were ambivalent, sending mixed messages about the practice for many years (see Weir's comments to some tapers on 8/6/71). Certainly members of the crew were known to snip cables, disable decks and even confiscate reels from time to time. Seems like they sort of threw up their hands by the late 70s, although their wasn't an "official' taping section until around '84.

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Nov 30, 2010 10:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH- Blowing the dust off some classic '73

Fantastic show and a great DP -- one of the best.

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Poster: wineland Date: Nov 30, 2010 7:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH- Blowing the dust off some classic '73

Some might complain about the AUD quality, but it's worth digging in. That was one heck of a Dew to open up the show!